Real World Speed
Performance profile from 26,601 user samples
197 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 52GB free
Worst Bench: 59% 23GB free
Poor: 59% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 56th / 979
26,404 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 944GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.3 % -6% 88.3 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
147 MB/s -9% 160 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+9%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
143 MB/s -3% 148 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.78 MB/s Faster random read.
+20%
0.65 MB/s -20%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.64 MB/s Much faster random write.
+77%
1.49 MB/s -77%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s -1% 135 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.27 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+8%
0.25 MB/s -8%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
183 MB/s -9% 200 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+9%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
168 MB/s -10% 184 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.01 MB/s +1% 1 MB/s -1%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.35 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+87%
1.79 MB/s -87%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
160 MB/s -8% 173 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s -11% 0.39 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+11%
Market Share
Based on 3,405,604 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % -∞% 1.8 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
Value
Value For Money
50.8 % -114% 109 % Hugely better value.
+114%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % -21% 64 % More popular.
+21%
Price
Price (score)
$188 -63% $70 Much cheaper.
+63%
Age
Newest
46 Months Much more recent.
+30%
66 Months -30%
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 3TB
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The WD Se is an enterprise class drive designed for use in a NAS or data warehouse. Unlike the Enterprise Xe, which focuses on maximum data throughput, the focus of the Se is on balanced performance, power consumption and reliability. We only have one sample for this drive at present so for now we can't draw any robust conclusions. Based on the data we do have, in terms of value for money the WD Se lands in the middle of the (scarce) 4TB pack, besting the (2012) 4TB black by just 3.4%. From a performance perspective, with both peak and average read/writes coming in at 137/136 MB/s it's hard to tell at this point because we don't know whether to take those figures as peak or average. As averages they are very strong and as peak figures they are relatively weak. We will update this summary when we have more data. In the mean time the Seagate Desktop HDD1.5 remains our 4TB pick. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 2017 HDD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer Hard Drive comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield value for money. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. Share your opinion by voting. [HDrivePro]

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Intel Core i7-7700K $310AMD RX 480 $195Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $138
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $160
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $650SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $130SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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